French Victories at Athens Animfest 2014
The Greek festival celebrated its 2014 edition with an array of awards.
The haunting, 25-minute animated film The Book of the dead (Le livre des morts) by Alain Escalle won the Grand Prix, for "its excellent artistic achievement of mixing different techniques and the original way of translating history into strong images".
The film was produced by the French company Autour de Minuit. Watch the trailer:
Second prize for another French film, Premier Automne (Autumn Leaves) by Carlos de Carvahlo & Aude Danset. The film tells an unusual friendship between two people who live in different, impenetrable seasons.
The Annecy-selected film Padre by Santiago Grasso was also awarded a special distinction, as well as the Oscar-shortlisted Hollow Land (Uri and Michelle Kranot). The prize for best student film went to Adriano Vessichelli's Odio (UK). Watch the trailer
Best Greek film prize was given to Thanasis Radoglou for his Knight.
See all winners of the 9th Animfest, Athens.
SHORT AWARDS 2014
GRAND PRIX "Athena"
THE BOOK OF DEATH by Alain Escalle, France (2013)
The film is awarded for its excellent artistic achievement of mixing different techniques and the original way of translating history into strong images.
AUTUMN LEAVES by Carlos de Carvahlo, Aude Danset, France (2013)
The film is awarded for its original animation technique and the way it transforms a simple story into an original narrative.
CANTARELLA by Diego Dada, Italy (2012)
The film is distinguished for the originality of its story and the way it 'travels' through renowned works of art, and in particular paintings.
HOLLOW LAND by Michelle & Uri Kranot, Denmark/France/Canada (2013)
The film is awarded for the originality of its imagery as a political parable.
MITE by Walter Volbers, Germany (2013)
The film is awarded for its artistic creativity and animated imagery.
TULKOU by Sami Guellai, Mohamed Fadera, France (2013)
The film is awarded for the originality of its story and the use of different techniques.
• AND I LOUNGED AND LAY ON THEIR BEDS by Dino Sato, Japan (2013)
The film is distinguished for the originality of associating C.P. Cavafy's poetry with animation.
• MÉANDRES by Elode Bouedec, Florance Mialhe, MAthilde Philippon-Aginski, France (2013)
The film is distinguished for the artistic originality of the techniques used the presentation of ancient mythology.
• PADRE by Santiago "Bou" Grasso, France/Argentina (2013)
The film is distinguished for the artistic creativity in dealing with a political subject.
• TOTO by Zbigniew Czapla, Poland (2013)
The film is distinguished for the original imagery in presenting a subject of strong social importance.
• LONG BRIDGE OF DESIRED, Ivan Maximov, Russia (2012)
The film is distinguished for the original story and the composition of music.
STUDENT AWARDS 2014
ODIO by Adriano Vessichelli, 2012, UK
A very imaginative screenplay, an elaborate animation technique, in addition to continuous transformations and adept directing. As a whole, the production can be distinguished for its aesthetics and the emotions it reflects to the spectators.
REFLECTIONS by Bosmat Agayoff, Alon Ziv, 2013, Israel
An excellent rendering of the screenplay and a thorough animation using different techniques. All in all, the production was distinguished for its immaculate presentation.
CATRINA by Luisa Elías, 2013, Canada
A clever screenplay effectively combining much historical knowledge. Its animation is made up by various immaculate techniques and plasticity. The whole production was characterised by its aesthetics and technical perfection.
DOTYK by Rebecca Barbuscia, Nikki Vakid, Kamil Kopys, Subaru Yamazaki, 2013, UK
THE TENEMENT BUILDING by Agnieszka Burszewska, 2013, Poland
MY STRANGE GRANDFATHER by Dina Velikovskaya, 2012, Russia
SATURDAY THE 14TH by Kristjan Lyngmo, 2013, Canada
STRANGE FRUIT by Shimi Asresay, Hili Νoy, 2013, Israel
MYTHOPOLIS by Alexandra Hetmerová, 2013, Czech Republic
TZADIK by Oriel Berkovits, 2013, Israel
EDUCATIONAL AWARDS 2014
KIWI: PHOTO SOUVENIR by Isabelle Duval, 5' 03'', France, 2013
HIP-HIP HURAAY: GREAT SMALL STARS by Elżbieta Wąsik, 12' 54'', Poland, 2013
SPECIAL MENTION FOR FEATURE ANIMATED MOVIE 2014
RIO 2096 - A STORY OF LOVE AND FURY / Rio 2096 - Uma História de Amor e Fúria by Luiz Bolognesi, Brazil (2012)
KUIBA 2 by Wang Chuan, Cina (2013)
GREEK OTAKU RADIO AWARD
HASHI NO MUKOU by Shigeyoshi Tsukahara, Japan (2012)
KNIGHT by Thanasis Radoglou, Greece (2013)
THE 3rd FLOOR by Marilia Maz, Greece (2013)